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The King's Gold (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #4)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,504 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The year is 1626, and a battle-weary Captain Alatriste and his companions sail home from the on-going war in Flanders. He returns to a Spain that is rotten to the core, as gold from the Americas floods into the port of Seville, brought by the country's infamous treasure fleet.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 2009 by Phoenix (an Imprint of Orion) (first published December 2000)
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Algernon
[9/10]
The story follows close on the heels of the Flemish adventures in The Sun Over Breda with Diego Alatriste and Inigo Balboa returning to the homeland by galleon, just in time to witness a British attack on the city of Cadiz. The corsairs were looking for the Gold Fleet annual return with its holds full of treasure. This sets up the plot of the current episode in the ongoing saga of el Capitan, a swashbuckling thrill ride combining the classic style of Alexandre Dumas with the modern actio
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
It amazes me that the story is quite a simple one; the Captain is asked to put together a party of men who will act as a band of pirates in order to steal gold that has been embezzled by corrupt courtiers and return it to the king, its rightful owner. There, one sentence. But the book! A fabulous read that paints a glorious picture of the Spanish "underworld". It is amusing and fascinating. I loved the feast given in honour of the murderer about to be hanged, full of pithy quips and observations ...more
Ensiform
In the fourth Alatriste volume, the captain and his ward Inigo Balboa return to Seville after fighting in the siege of Breda. The very first scene shows them sailing into a home port festooned with English corpses. The slain enemies, fruit of a failed Anglo-Dutch attack on Cádiz, hang like "bunches of grapes ripe for harvesting, except that these grapes had been harvested already." It’s a war-torn, exhausted and corrupt Spain, but Alatriste clings to it loyally, having no other choice.

The gold a
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Dale
This is the fourth in the Captain Alatriste series by Perez-Reverte. After their return from the war in Flanders, Alatriste and the narrator find themselves in Seville, with little money and no prospects. They are soon approached by an old friend, an undercover emissary from the King, and offered a dangerous but somewhat lucrative assignment.

As in the other novels in the series, Perez-Reverte manages to convey a sense of the profound corruption and dysfunction of Spanish society in the early 17t
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Ben Peek
Shortly before N. and I took off, I found a copy of Arturo Perez-Reverte's The King's Gold for five bucks in a bargain bin. Hardly the first in a series--it is, in fact, the fourth--I had heard about his books based around the character Captain Alatriste and figured I'd give it a go if I ever came across one. According the what I'd heard, they were pretty enjoyable, and had a great use of history.

Perez-Reverte's series begins with Captain Alatriste and has proceeded through what I believe is sev
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D.K. Cherian
The King's Gold is apparently a Spanish novel that has been translated into English for our enjoyment. The novel tells of the adventures of one Captain Diego Alatriste narrated by hos canin boy Inego Balboa, from his perspective.
It is unusual in that, while many novels are told in the narrative of some person, they are generally about that person who is narrating the tale. Here however it seems that Balboa is recounting fond memories of his hero Alatriste. The persective is unique. However the
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Mairi
I think this is my favorite of the Alatriste books so far. The bits and pieces hinted at regarding the future of the characters are becoming more and more compelling. It almost feels like a well-paced suspense novel in which the end of each chapter leaves you racing to the next and the next to find out what happens. Except the reveal isn't in the next chapter. It may not even be in the next book. You know what's coming but he won't give the details. Not yet. I couldn't put it down and picked the ...more
Mark Robertson
This was a fun adventure book with lots of meditations on the place of Spain in the aftermath of the discovery of the New World, which brought Spain many riches, and also in the aftermath of the Reformation, which ended up splintering Christianity and sparking wars that were partly about religion but certainly also about the increased wealth resulting from the age of exploration.

The hero of this series, Captain Alatriste, is a largely silent killer who'd just as soon kill a man as smile at him.
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Robin Riopelle
Full confession: I've had a bit of a thing for Pérez-Reverte for several years. I've rifled through the canon, from the Club Dumas to the Fencing Master. Then alit on Captain Alatriste series, and my buckles were thoroughly swashed. Three years ago, and about halfway through this book, I put it down and didn't pick it back up. I was insufficiently intrigued. The poor man, he'd done nothing wrong, still with the laconic Alatriste and his ebullient Inigo sidekick. The poets and playwrights comment ...more
Oscar Amador
Una aventura refrescante.

La 4ta entrega de la serie es refrescante sin duda, en especial tras lo sórdido del bélico Sol de Breda, y remonta al lector a un lugar distinto en este universo tan real y ficticio a la vez del entrañable Capitán Alatriste.

Place ver como Pérez-Reverte puede tomar los mismos ingredientes de los primeros libros y combinarlos de una manera tan nueva y acertada.

Si bien, la carga de duelos y encuentros a punta de espada y daga aumenta considerablemente, da gusto ir encontran
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José Antonio
Me ha encantado. En mi opinión consigue genialmente describir la Sevilla del siglo XVII, las germanías y el hampa sevillana. Muy emotivo el guiño que hace el autor al gran José Saramago. La honra siempre resulta complicada de adquirir, difícil de conservar y peligrosa de llevar.
Lucas Rodriguez
Lo que tuvo de pesado el anterior, en "El oro del rey" retoma el camino de acción y aventura que el otro perdió en algunos momentos.

En este cuarto título, hay escenas impecables de acción, como por ejemplo el ataque pirata a un barco es demasiado bueno como para contarlo, hay un mayor foco en la personalidad del capitán Alatriste que en anteriores libros no estaba, hay peligro, amor, moralejas, tiene todo lo que se pida.

Hay un capítulo en el que se retrata la última noche de un recluso condenad
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Vasco Ribeiro
Alatriste regressa da Flandres e está em sevilha onde todos, desde o rei, a corte e os maus esperam a chegada das Naus carregadas de ouro das américas. A Alatriste é confiada a missão de capturar um navio onde os maus queriam desviar ouro dos cofres do rei. Arranja um grupo de valentes homens do submundo entre os quais um português dado às letras chamado Saramago que até quer escrever um poema épico em que a península se desprende da europa ...
A missão não corre tão bem como esperam pois além do
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Katie
It's all about the Benjamins. From the beginning to the end Pérez Reverte shows how money lead to corruption in the 17th century and the reader will see the parallels with money in today's society. There is a lot of metaliteratura in the novel, especially that of Don Francisco de Quevedo, and suitably the poem Poderoso caballero es Don Dinero.

Parts of the novel also reminded me of the cuadros de costumbres de Larra (maybe Caldaso to a certain extent as well) because Pérez Reverte portrays una Es
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Joyce Lagow

Fourth in the Captain Alatriste series, set in early 17th century Spain.

Superficially, the series looks like a variation of the swashbuckling action-adventure reminiscent of the pirate scene. Captain Alatriste, the protagonist, is anything but. He is a professional swordsman,an, sometimes soldier of the king of Spain, often a hired sword for whatever dirty work requires violence. He is also a devoté of the theater and friend of poets. An introspective man, he says little but stands fiercely by h
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Alex Telander
In the fourth novel in the Captain Alatriste series by Spanish author, Arturo Perez-Reverte, it is the seventeenth century, and we are in the beautiful city of Seville. The great Captain Alatriste and his 16-year-old protégé, Iñígo Balboa--the narrator--are recently back from the wars of central Europe, nursing fresh scars and looking for action. Perez-Reverte skillfully catches the reader up on snippets of history from the series with enticing lines and anecdotes of the past that leave the read ...more
Harris
The fourth of Perez-Reverte's "Captain Alatriste" series, all of which I have enjoyed so far, "The King's Gold" brings the Captain and his protege back to a corrupt and gritty seventeenth century Spain from the battlefields of Flanders. The last of Alatriste's adventures was a bit of a departure from the swashbuckling first two novels, focusing more on the terrors of war, but this returns to those earlier themes. Alatriste, the relectunt yet deadly swordsman and well read soldier of Spain and hi ...more
M.J. Johnson
'The King's Gold' as a book is interesting, certainly the history of which I admit I knew very little. However, I admit that I did find it a little long-winded. He's the kind of writer who describes every tiny detail about what every single character in a scene is actually wearing. The plot only takes up about a third of the book and the writing gets a little repetitious(some lee-way always allowed for the fact I read it in translation!). I regret having read this (the fourth) volume in the seri ...more
Doug Newdick
If you are a fan of historical fiction (a la Bernard Cornwell) check out Arturo Perez-Reverte. The Captain Alatriste series is a really good, different, non-English, view of this period. A geat adventure story as well, with a mounting sense of expectaiton and dread, but in some ways it seems only secondary to painting the scene of imperial Spain. It is only by reading something like this that you can put novels like the Sharpe stories into perspective. It is interesting to get the Spanish view o ...more
Robinson
Alatriste recibe el encargo de reclutar un grupo de espadachines profesionales para una misión de alto riesgo, para investigar sobre el oro de contrabando que traen en los galeones desde las indias. Grandes lances y peleas a muerte serán el plato principal de esta maravillosa novela de aventuras
Carol
This is the fourth book in the Captain Alatriste series, and it was every bit as enjoyable as the first three. This novel finds Alatriste and Inigo back from fighting the Dutch. Upon their return, they are thrust back into intrigue and swashbuckling action, this time in Seville. There, Alatriste is recruited to take part in the re-appropriation of some illegally smuggled treasure from the New World. This book is very action-packed and thoroughly entertaining. It also has the following wonderful ...more
Gleb
The fourth book is telling about Spain. Author showed actions on higher level of control. The book contains interesting facts about gold movements from America to Spain. Author actually is proving that all the wars of 17 century were financed with Spanish gold. The facts used in this book are extremely interesting. They show underground history that not many know. The facts that we do not learn at school on basic course.
In all the books about captain Alatriste author shows some new aspect about
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Jack Wright
Dec 14, 2011 Jack Wright rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Arturo Perez-Reverte and/or those interested in Spanish history.
It was another straight forward Diego Alatriste story, and to date, was the one that I have enjoyed the most. (To note, I'm reading them in chronological order so the previous statement only applies to the previous three books).

I can't think of a lot to say about the book that wouldn't give the plot away. Again, it's pretty straight forward, Diego and Inigo return from Breda (previous book being "Sun Over Breda," they are approached with a mission and they do it. There really isn't a mystery to
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Rex Libris
Another excellent book by one of my most favorite authors. In this book, the third installment of the Captain Alitriste series, the Captain has to pirate a ship to retrieve a cargo of gold and silver that was skimmed from the treasure fleet. The battle scene on the deck of the ship is done wit the usual fine writing of the author (and translator!).

Aside from the swashbuckling elements of the book, Perez-Reverte revisits the consistent theme throughout most of his books, the moral integrity of th
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VaughanPL
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Mike
Another quick read in the Captain Alatriste series. This story revolves around our main character being hired to put together a crew to board a ship and steal its gold. I felt the same way about this book as I did about the last couple in the series. The actual plot of the novel is very short and there is no dramatic anticipation whatsoever. The history and the descriptions of the time are great for a person who enjoys history. If I could break it down, I would give the story itself 2 stars beca ...more
Rhys
The fourth in Perez-Reverte's swashbuckling 'Captain Alatriste' series. This one is perhaps my favourite so far (though I did like the 2nd, 'Purity of Blood'). I do have some problems with the distancing effect that Perez-Reverte employs to tell his tale: the narrator is strangely divorced from the action. But that's a minor drawback really, and the strengths of this novel (and others in the sequence) is the colourful evocation of Golden Age Spain, full of professional swordsmen, rogues, poor ar ...more
Jason Burgess
I read the english translation.
Miguel
Given my love of Dumas and the Three Musketeers, it's no surprise that I love these novels by Perez-Reverte, who has taken on the style of a Spanish Dumas of the 21st century. While on the surface, this novel appears to be a swashbuckling tale of hidalgos, galleons, and gold, it's really a tale about how Alatriste needs something to fight for and believe in, even if he doesn't necessarily believe in it. It is that lack of belief keeps him up past the Hour of All-Souls, draining a skin of wine, u ...more
Gerardo B.
Un Alatriste como no había visto antes... Sin palabras. Es un gran libro y punto.
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“Sarebbe stato più sopportabile, indubbiamente, se invece dell'amara lucidità che impregnava ogni sua azione e pensiero, il capitano Alatriste avesse goduto dei doni magnifici della stupidità, del fanatismo o della cattiveria.
Perché solo gli stupidi, i fanatici e le canaglie vivono senza fantasmi, o senza rimorsi.”
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